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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Dec 12, 2008 1:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

Nixon didn't have to know their name to not like someone, and if he DID know your name you'd better watch your ass! Look at what he tried to do to John Lennon! It took a whole lot less than a picture of a drugged out hippie in a Uncle Sam hat to earn Nixon's wrath. A more paranoid and vengeful man never held the office. And if you took a political position contrary to Nixon's and he knew your name you should REALLY watch your ass! At the very least you might expect to have your phones tapped or your taxes audited. It could also include arrest,imprisonment or even being shot by the National Guard. As Hunter S. Thompson wrote one time: "It was the Age of Nixon. It was a time to keep your head down." One of Jerry's many smart traits was to "remember his hippie training." Unlike John Lennon, he kept his head down. "It ain't no luck. I learned to duck!"
I would guess Nixon HAD heard of Elvis though. Nixon was a "50's" kind of a guy and he probably remembered Elvis stirring all those young people up with all that evil rock and roll music when he was vice president. Elvis got drafted and had an attitude adjustment, but he left an impression. "Who needs him?" was probably what he thought. He already had plenty of good help in his war on drugs and his war on the counter-culture. He had J.Edgar Hoover, the Nixon founded D.E.A. and his own black bag operatives for that...but I'll bet Nixon was only too happy to take a campaign contribution from Elvis along with the pistol. He even gave him an honorary D.E.A. badge.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2008-12-12 09:13:49

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 12, 2008 2:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

Much of Thompson's best writing - full-on sarcasm and razor-sharp vitriole - is on the subject of Richard Milhous Nixon. Check out 'The Great Shark Hunt'.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Dec 12, 2008 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

Here is Hunter Thompson's obituary of Richard M Nixon.

http://teaching.arts.usyd.edu.au/history/hsty3080/StudentWebSites/Nixon%20Obits/source9

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 12, 2008 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

And to tie it back to the boys, Rock Scully and Bob Haldemann shared a cell at Lompoc. Rock would play GD and JGB to piss him off, but eventually Haldemann came to like some of the tunes. Go figure.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Dec 12, 2008 12:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nixon '68 Campaign Commercial w/ Jerry

you know it Dawg.

Nixon knew who Presley was, but surely didn't think Elvis represented the ideal entertainment standards for the youth - Up With People was more of what Dick had in mind.

Elvis was shucking and jiving all the way with that anti-drug rap... I heard they fired up a couple joints together in the Oval Office -
that's right, Dick was a pot head.

Elvis just wanted a DEA badge, which he eventually got, tho no psition went with it...

he supposedly flashed the badge on the tarmac once in order to stop a plane from taking off before he could board.

My dad was one of the many lawful yet outspoken citizens who's every move was noted in a thick file mainly compiled in the Nixon years.
Although the Freedom of Information Act declassified mountains of documents, the copies of the files sent to people requesting them were largely a lot of blacked out pages, revealing nothing that might reveal their secrets